ARLINGTON >> Arlington Memorial High School has been named one of the top schools in the state by U.S. News & World Report.
The report graded schools on performance on standardized tests in math and reading, graduation rates, AP test scores, and proficiency rates for low-income students. According to U.S. News, the goal of the annual report is to, "determine which high schools were most successful at meeting the educational needs of all students, not just those planning to attend college." Arlington, which received a silver medal, was ranked 4th out of Vermont high schools, and number 1,348 out of 28,561 that were surveyed nationally. This is not the first time AMHS has made the list.
The list, which is available at www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings, credits AMHS with a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, which it says is about average for the state of Vermont, and a college readiness rating of 37 percent, which the site explains is based on the percentage of students who took and passed AP exams. That rating is above average for the state.
"I am extremely proud of our students and teachers," said Arlington principal Tim Stewart, "We are a small, public school that focuses on helping each student meet his or her personal potential. This is truly a team effort, and I give tremendous credit to AMHS teachers and students who understand the importance of an education and to the Arlington community for its ongoing support. Whatever their goal, Arlington graduates are well prepared to enter college, the workplace or the military. As a former colleague and now as an administrator, I witness firsthand the amount of extra time our faculty dedicate to helping students before, during and after school hours every day. That level of support and commitment speaks volumes about what an Arlington education is all about. We will definitely celebrate our award with a school-wide event and add another recognition banner to our walls!"
The top three scoring high schools in Vermont were the Cabot School, in Cabot, Stowe Middle/High School, in Stowe, and South Burlington High School, in South Burlington. The first two received gold medals. Seven Vermont schools received silver medals, and six received bronze. Arlington was the only Bennington County school to receive a medal. Cabot, the top ranked school in Vermont, ranked number 327 nationally. The highest ranked New England school was Sturgis Charter Public School, in Hyannis, Mass., which was ranked number 33. Of the top 10 schools nationally, three were from Texas and three, including two of the top three, were from Arizona.
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.